That is what got me thinking... marking gauge, sliding bevel, dividers,
story sticks... those are typically how I work with hand tool projects. On
the other hand, when working with sheet goods it helps a lot to cut things
Among the dozen or so scattered around the house, I have a very small
Stanley 3-footer as a fob on my car keys. Invaluable for those
spur-of-the-moment needs to measure something.
Funny thing was that I bought this from Amazon ($1.89) to fill an order
and reach the magic (at that time) $25 free shipping limit. It was
shipped as a separate item, in a 12"x10"x6" box via UPS. Very well
packed/protected from shipping damage to their credit..
When I was a young carpenter trainee, my new Lufkin 25' tape broke on
my 2nd day on the job. I undid the lock and the tape recoiled back
into the case, as it is supposed to. When it reached the "hooked
tab", the tab simply snapped off and the tape recoiled fully into the
housing, rendering the unit a doorstop. I never bought another
Lufkin, ever again. Even when SnapOn rebranded Lufkins as SnapOn's, I
could still see they were Lufkins and wouldn't buy.
I now have two Stanley's (25'/30') and an Ace Hardware (25'), which
looks suspiciously like a rebranded Stanley. These are my "real"
tapes. I have a few other shorter/junkier tapes, one ina day-glo
green plastic case.
Everyone is going cheap. I recall when I replaced my Lufkin with a
25' Stanley ('70), the Stanley had a fastener (nails, wood screws, etc)
guide on the back of the first 2 ft of the tape. Very handy. No
I have a lufkin that is probably 45 years old and it's still strong. Not
my favorite, it's an old center button lock.
But I think any tape can do that, especially one with a tightly wound
I have Stanley lever locks (which I like), but now I prefer my Komelon.
It occasionally needs an alcohol cleaning to keep from slipping, but I
like the mechanism, and tape. Light weight too.
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